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University of Cambridge

History and Modern Languages

UCAS Code: VR18

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A*,A,A

Typical A Level offer: A*AA All Colleges require: A Level in the language (for languages to be studied post-A Level) Some Colleges require: A Level History; for languages from scratch, evidence of language ability

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

40-42

776 at Higher Level All Colleges require: Higher Level in the language (for languages to be studied post-Higher Level) Some Colleges require: Higher Level History; for languages from scratch, evidence of language ability

UCAS Tariff

152

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38%
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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subjects

History

Modern languages

At Cambridge, as well as being a member of the University, you're also a member of a College. All Colleges admit students for a wide range of different courses and so you will have a number of Colleges to choose from - or if you really don’t mind you can make an Open application and we will allocate one to you. You can use the course options tab above to navigate through the different Colleges which offer this course.

This superb joint Honours degree - which includes a year abroad - gives you the language skills and historical awareness to better understand foreign cultures and societies, in Europe and beyond. Language options to study with History are German, Italian, Russian or Spanish from scratch or post-A Level; Portuguese from scratch; or French post-A Level. Please note that it’s not possible to apply to this course as an affiliate student (to take the course as a second undergraduate degree in a year less than usual).

The Uni


Course locations:

Trinity

Christ's

St Catharine's

Clare

Gonville & Caius

Murray Edwards

St John's

Churchill

Girton

Corpus Christi

Wolfson

Newnham

King's

Robinson

Queens'

Emmanuel

Lucy Cavendish

Jesus

Homerton

Open application

Pembroke

Peterhouse

Sidney Sussex

St Edmund's

Fitzwilliam

Magdalene

Downing

Trinity Hall

Hughes Hall

Selwyn

Department:

Interdepartmental

TEF rating:

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

76%
UK students
24%
International students
46%
Male students
54%
Female students
100%
2:1 or above
1%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A*
A*

Others in language and area studies

Sorry, no information to show

This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
98%
2:1 or above
2%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A*
A*

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
high
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
65%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

11%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

History is a very popular subject (although numbers have fallen of late) — in 2015, over 10,000 UK students graduated in a history-related course. Obviously, there aren't 11,000 jobs as historians available every year, but history is a good, flexible degree that allows graduates to go into a wide range of different jobs, and consequently history graduates have an unemployment rate comparable to the national graduate average. Many — probably most — jobs for graduates don't ask for a particular degree to go into them and history graduates are well set to take advantage. That's why so many go into jobs in the finance industry, human resources, marketing, PR and events management, as well as the more obvious roles in education, welfare and the arts. Around one in five history graduates went into further study last year. History and teaching were the most popular further study subjects for history graduates, but law, journalism, and politics were also popular postgraduate courses.

Others in language and area studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£23,000
med
Average annual salary
94%
low
Employed or in further education
88%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
17%
Teaching and educational professionals
13%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a broad subject for a variety of European languages. No matter which you take, the general theme is that some graduates go to that country to work, often as English language teachers, some go into further study, often to train as teachers or translators, but most get jobs in the UK in education - most often as language tutors, unsurprisingly, or translators. Modern language grads can also be in demand in business roles where communication and language skills are particularly useful, such as marketing and PR, and in finance or law. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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